MINISTRY OF PUBLIC ORDER & CITIZEN PROTECTION
Athens, 6th June 2014
THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS IN THE JHA AREA DISCUSSED AT JHA COUNCIL (05.06.2014)
EU Ministers adopted the revised EU strategy for Combating Radicalisation and Recruitment to Terrorism
The future of the European Cooperation in the field of Justice and Home Affairs was discussed in Justice and Home Affairs Council of the European Union. The Council was chaired by the Minister of Public Order and Citizen Protection Minister Nikos Dendias. Also the Deputy Minister of Interior Leonidas Grigorakos and the Minister of Interior Yannis Michelakis presented the work programme in the area of Home Affairs .
During the European meeting (Justice and Home Affairs), Ministers expressed their final opinions on the Strategic Guidelines for the future development in the JHA area in post-Stockholm period.
‘’ The Council had during the Hellenic Presidency a lot of prioritiy points in our agenda, that we have been working on in the area of JHA. At this last Council meeting we had a discussion on the future cooperation and work in the JHA area” stressed Μ r Dendias. The national delegations gave their views on the strategic guidelines and the main thrust for developing Justice and Home Affairs post-Stockholm. On the basis of this input, the Hellenic Presidency has prepared a letter to be sent to the President of the European Council Mr Herman Van Rompuy.
Ministers of the JHA Council of the European Union agreed on the Draft of the Regulation on the European Agency for Cooperation and Training for Law Enforcement, which was a legislative priority of the Greek Presidency.
Minister Dendias underlined that “the Council adopted the draft review revised EU strategy for Combating Radicalisation and Recruitment to Terrorism, a matter that needs to remain very high in the common European agenda, especially as we view at the foreign fighters and returnees in particular with regard to Syria from a counter-terrorism perspective”. Minister of Public Order and Citizen Protection Mr Nikos Dendias expressed his deep condolesence for the murderous attack that took place at the Jewish Museum in Brussels and his deep sadness for such actions. “These actions show that combating terrorism is still a very serious matter and needs continuous work”, he highlighted.
During Council meeting, the on-going legislative activity in the field of legal migration was also examined. The Greek Presidency provided an update on the proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and the Council on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of research, studies, pupil exchange, remunerated and unremunerated training, voluntary service and au pairing. The Council took note of the information on the state of play of Students and Researchers Directive and noted the progress achieved so far on this proposal.
“Referring to the operational actions of TASK FORCE Mediterranean that were discussed during this Council, Minister Dendias underlined that their implementation should remain a top priority”. Also, the Council was briefed by the Commission on the legislative developments concerning sanctions against employers of illegally staying third-country nationals and the conditions of residence of third- country nationals for highly qualified employment ( Blue Card EU ).
Also, the Greek Presidency provided an update on the legislative initiatives regarding “Smart Borders”. During the official lunch, Poland informed Ministers on the results of the informal meeting of Home Affairs Ministers of Schengen States with external land borders, held in Poland on 13-14 May 2014. At the end of the meeting, Italy presented the programme of the incoming Presidency.
The consequences emanating from the invalidation by the European Court of Justice of Directive 2006/24/EC on the retention of data were also discussed at the session.The Ministers adopted Council Conclusions on the Commission 2013 report regarding the application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and heard the annual reports of the Fundamental Rights Agency and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EEMCDDA).